Burcu Ayşen Ürgen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology


      Office at Psychology Department: H351-A
      Office at UMRAM: SC-205
      Phone: +90 312 290 1807
      E-mail: burcu.urgen@bilkent.edu.tr
      Personal Website: burcu.urgen.bilkent.edu.tr
      Lab Webpage: www.ccn.bilkent.edu.tr



Burcu Ayşen Ürgen is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology, Bilkent University. She received her PhD in Cognitive Science from University of California, San Diego (USA) in 2015. Prior to her PhD, she did her BS in Computer Engineering at Bilkent University, and MS in Cognitive Science at Middle East Technical University. Following her PhD, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma (Italy), with Professor Guy A. Orban.


  • PhD in Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego (USA)
  • MS in Cognitive Science, Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
  • BS in Computer Engineering, Bilkent University (Turkey)


Dr. Ürgen’s primary research area is human visual perception with a focus on biological motion and action perception. In addition to behavioral methods, she uses a wide range of invasive and non-invasive neuroimaging techniques including fMRI, EEG, and intracranial recordings to study the neural basis of visual perception. Her research commonly utilizes state-of-the-art computational techniques including machine learning, computer vision, and effective connectivity. Besides her basic cognitive neuroscience research, Dr. Ürgen also pursues an interdisciplinary research between social robotics and cognitive neuroscience to investigate the human factors that lead to successful interaction with artificial agents such as robots.